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The Door County Magazine (Winter 2010-11) included an article "Old Frequency", which talks about Amateur Radio, including operators in Door County. In Door County, the first official amateur radio operators' club was organized by Sturgeon Bay High School students.  Amateurs and fans met for the first time on January 19, 1923.
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Setting Up Camp It took the five boys a long time to haul in their gear  and set it up... two days to be exact.  They are shown as they rig antennas on the hilltop site near Point Sauble.  In the foreground are, from left, Dan Servais, and Chip Williams.  Tending to the business in the background are, from left, Bruce Hanns, Pat Humphreys, and Pete Zawasky By mid-afternoon teenage hams had their equipment completely assembled for national "Field Day." Testing the efficiency of one...
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Held at Lily Lake County Park
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Held at the Brown County Fairgrounds
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Field Day 1989 - Held at the Brown County Fair Grounds, it was 95 degrees that day.
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The banquet was held at Woodside and the Ham of the year award was give to Wes W9WES and Dale WB9NRK, as there was a tie.
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Northeastern Wisconsin Radio League AHSTC News Update: The repeater should be up around the beginning of May.  A special thanks for the help with the swapfest. Weather Spotting Update
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As of Feb. 14, Americans with a penchant for ham radio communications can get their amateur radio license  without having to learn that combination of dits and dahs that make up the Morse code. "It certainly opens up amateur radio to a lot of people who think they couldn't learn the code." Myron Jackson, Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club president, said of the new codeless license. Jackson, who teaches classes to prospective licensees, said the code is a major obstacle for many. "...
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War Silenced Amateur Radio Operators At least three the Door County amateur radio operators that were active in 1941 during the war are still active in the hobby; two of them, George Gabert, and Clayton Cardy, live here year around and  Les Olson spends his summers here and his winters in California.
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Lillian Cruz-Urbie 1927 - 2014
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"Whatever happened to Bill Juhre?  Haven't see him around much lately." This coffee-counter conversation prompted a look at "What's happened" to the creator of "The Orbits," a family comic strip that was at home in the Press Gazette and 92 others newspapers for almost eight years. Slowed down by a series of heart attacks, Bill Juhre is by no means retired.  Juhre still teaches two art classes each week, and was curator of art at the Neville Public Museum for...
From 1957, it mentions the East High School Megacycle Ham Radio Club. Also West High's Hamateurs led by William Johnston a mathematics teacher.
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Short blurb about the 1961 West De Pere High School Ham Club in conjunction with Abbot Pennings High School
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"Jerry Van" Gerald VanDen Wymelenberg  W9VOW 1916-2/14/2012 Gerald Van Den Wymelenberg, "Jerry Van", 95, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, with family by his side and with him in prayer. He was born on Aug. 23, 1916, in the Village of Wrightstown, to the late Arnold and Eleanore Van Den Wymelenberg. On May 4, 1940, he married Marie Hendricks at St. Mary's Catholic Church in De Pere. In 2006, Gerald and Marie celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary prior to Marie's...
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Gary Jungwirth was one of several amateur radio operators who worked at the national field day Saturday and  Sunday.  Operating from the WDOR FM tower site, the "hams" tried to log as many contacts as possible in the 24 hour period.  In a national emergency amateurs could serve as a communications link for the nation.
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September 30 - October 1, 1978 Port Plaza Mall - Amateur Radio Display
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Dan J. Wiese 1950 - 1999
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The Green Bay Mike and Key Club received its 50 Year Certificate of Affiliation with the American Radio Relay League. The club affiliated with the League on October 21, 1939, with about 15 members. Today the club has grown to more than 110 members. Four of those members are founding members from 1939, and they are still active in the club. The club holds the ARRL Charter number 1922.
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The Green Bay Mike and Key Club held its annual Awards Banquet at the Rock Garden Supper Club on Saturday, March 24.
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Two top amateur radio operators awards have been awarded to avid ham operator Paul Niles. The coveted awards include the WAZ certificate and the number 200 sticker for the DX Century club. The WAZ initals stand for working all zones.  Ont the radio operator's map the entire world is divided into 40 zones.  These zones cover every country from one pole to the other. The 200th sticker is awarded to any amateur operator who confirmed contact with 200 foreign stations.
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Carl J. Gerlach 1914 - 1994
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Photos of the Northeastern Wisconsin Radio League repeater, tower and 4 bay array that was located at the Highway 57/54 split in the Town Of Scott. The North East Wisconsin Radio League NEWRL was formed in the onset of the no code technician license boom in 1989. The group built a linked repeater system connecting Algoma, Green Bay and Waubeno, which was useful in collecting weather spotting reports. The club dissolved in 2000. The remaining transformed into more of a "Skywarn"...
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William J. "Bill" Galbraith KA9DYT 1920-6/29/1991      Red Cross Executive Director 1961-1984 Preserving the earth for future generations was William Galbraith's concern. The rural Denmark environmentalist and former executive director of the Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross died Saturday June 29th.  He made is viewpoints known on environmental issues. "He was a talker" daughter Ann Miller of Suamico said Monday.  "When he would stand up at an...
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Louie Pansier, W9LYX seated at the basement of the Brown County courthouse in front of a two meter AM transceiver.
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Oliver D. Davis W9WLZ 1919-1/5/2013 Oliver D. Davis, 93, Green Bay, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2013.  He was born on February 17, 1919 in Green Bay to the late Norman & Minnie Davis. Oliver graduated from East High School. He loved Ham Radio, his call letters were W9WLZ. As a young man he built his own radio equipment, he would repair radio equipment in his parent's basement. Oliver belonged to the Green Bay Mike & Key Club. When Oliver was younger he worked part time as a...
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Alton R. "Al" Janelle I (Sr.) W9CEA/9APA 1904-9/4/1941 Green Bay's First Ham Alton Janelle Crash Victim - Injuries Prove Fatal To Green Bay Man in Hospital Here Monday Injured in a traffic accident early the morning of September 4, Alton R. Janelle, 37, died at 5 o'clock Monday afternoon in a Green Bay hospital.  He had sustained a basal skull fracture, and did not regain consciousness before his death. Coroner Orlen Miller said today tat an inquest will be held into the death when...
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Green Bay Mike & Key Club newsletter Representatives from the Marinette / Menominee club; Scott, N9JCL & Tom, K0SN gave a  presentation on there clubs up and coming DX Pedition trip to St. Paul Island. The Green Bay Mike & Key Club will sponsor a special event station in conjunction with the Railroad Heritage Bicycle Tour. The place is at the National Railroad Museum @ 228S S. Broadway on May 22.
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Australian Alan Anderson, seated at microphone, and his Manitowoc host Erv Busse, listen in from other members of the international ham radio group. Anderson, the man behind the distinctly accented voice, is on a five week visit of North America to personally meet the friends he has gotten to know over the last six years through his home transmitter in Brisbane.
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These Ham Radios Have Long Reach Mark Heller, owner of Two Rivers Radio Station WRTR, attempted to make contact with astronaut Owen Garriott during an experiment Wednesday morning.
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Clayton Cardy of Sturgeon Bay travels the world via Ham Radio Before there was the Internet there was ham radio, a technology that hardly is obsolete.
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For only $210 Carlton Schaaf has been able to talk to people in 73 different countries. One of a handful of amateur radio station operators in the city specializing in distance, the 28 year old professional radio engineer was recently awarded the coveted WAC certificate of the International Radio Union for having communicated with persons in each of the six continental areas of the world.
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Carlton Schaaf
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James J. Byrnes 1929 - 2018
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Operators convene in De Pere The slogan "Reach out and touch someone" was carried to extremes by the Green Bay Mic and Key Club during the weekend. The amateur radio club members were busy for 24 hours Saturday and Sunday contacting nearly 2,000 other ham stations through-out the nation during the annual Amateur Radio Field Day at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Members competed with other clubs, attempting to make as many contacts as possible with other amateur stations from noon to...
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Edward J. Kehoe 1914 - 1999
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Green Bay Mike & Key Club newsletter Presentation by Tammy & Hal from the Red Cross 25 People attended the Aug 22 Brown County ARES meeting ARRL Videotape "At Any Moment" shown Green Bay Mike & Key Club Offering ham classes to conincide with the the 2 semesters at St. Norbert's 147.120 Controller Info; Logging in/out; leaving messages; auto patch
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Ora L. Showers W9RNS 1919-3/18/1995     English teacher at Preble High School Ora M. Showers, 75, of Schmitt Park, Green Bay, passed away March 18, 1995 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain, Mich. after a nine month illness. She was born to the late Hugh and Florence (VornHolt) Miller on June 19, 1919, of Aniwa, Wis. Ora graduated from the Antigo Public Schools and from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in English and education. She was named a Phi Beta...
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Paul Simandl works at his Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) equipment which he uses to relay calls from area 1ervlcemen In Vietnam to parents and friends at home..
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Greg Schneider 1939 - 2008
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Fox Charlie Charlie The Famous night in the Winter of 1989 where K9RTB is a bit liquored up. As a prank someone changes the 147.120 repeaters courtesy tone to send RTB, and then later FCC. Bob, pretends he's calling "Allegan," the nearest FCC monitoring post. (Note: This was rescued from a reel-to-reel tape recorder, so the morse code is skewed)
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Lawrence "Larry" A. May  1926 - 2017
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Having A Field Day The President of the N.E.W. Radio League, adjusts an antenna Saturday for Amateur Radio Field Day at River Park, Wrightstown
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In the corner of Myron Jackson's classroom at Madison Junior High School sits a collection of mix-and-match radio equipment, a hand-me down computer and old teletype machines. This is the school's brand new ham radio station and all-around gathering place for students who are just beginning to discover an exciting pastime with global possibilities. Jackson has managed to make ham radio relevant in foreign language classes, English, social studies and science.
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Kenneth "Ken" J. Meyer K9KJM/WB9YUY 1945-2014 Kenneth John Meyer, 69, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at home on July 25, 2014, after a brave battle with cancer. Ken was born June 12, 1945, in Sturgeon Bay, and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1963. He worked as a radio dispatcher & jailer for the Door County Sheriff's Department for 23 years, and was the founder and owner of Door Cablevision, the first cable television company in Northern Door County. He was an active...
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Arthur W. Schmidt W9VGL 1918-3/7/2000 Arthur W. Schmidt, 81, Green Bay, died Tuesday morning, March 7, 2000, at a local nursing home.  Arthur was born December 14, 1918, in Sherwood, WI to the late Arthur and Alvina (Russ) Schmidt.  He briefly served in the US Army prior to marring the former Armella Reiniger on October 31, 1942 at St. Mary's Parish in Greenleaf.  After operating his own business as an auto mechanic for a period of time, he acquired a position with Hudson-Sharpe Machine,...
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Robert "Bob" E. Showers  W9HDV   1917-5/20/1980     Science teacher at East High 1941-1979 Robert E. Showers, 62,  past away Saturday, May 24. He was born Oct. 30, 1917 in Madison to the late R. Earl and Blanche Showers. He married Ora Miller March 29, 1941 in Iowa. Mr. Showers taught in Lodi and Waupaca and came to Green Bay in 1941, retiring in 1979. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church; Roosevelt Lodge No. 322, F & AM; past high priest of Warran Chapter No. 8...
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Green Bay Ham Radio Repeater Video Tour Shows the 147.270 N.E.W.R.L. Repeater and the Green Bay Mike & Key Club's 147.360
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Abbot Pennings High School - Radio Hams M. Grady, G. Verstegen, C. Hayes, R. Baeten, J. Biese, J. Lingl, W. Hoffman, J. Koss, R. Denissen The spirit of the space age is best demonstrated at Pennings by he Radio Club.  "Hams" build their own sets, and fill the air waves with a barrage of chatter scientific as well as day to day exchanges of current news.
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George Gabert observing 60 years in amateur radio Two Door county residents are celebrating 60 and 50 years as amateur radio operators this year. They are George Gabert with 60 years in the only hobby licensed by the federal government and 50 year veteran Clayton Cardy. Both have received recognition on the national level for their expertise in the communication art.
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Elizabeth "Bette" Johnson WB9PKJ 1922-2010
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Harry H. Heinrich W9KPG 1911-6/10/2001 Harry H. Heinrich, 89, Green Bay, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2001 at Woodside Lutheran Home.  Harry was born Dec. 9, 1911 in Lebanon, WI, the son of the late Edward and Marie (Raschke) Heinrich.  Mr. Heinrich graduated from Oshkosh State Teacher's College.  Harry also served his country during World War II in the United States Army stationed in the Signal Corps.  He was a life long member of amateur radio.  His many other interests included...
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There are numerous kinds of hobby bugs running around loose but one of the hardest biting types is the ones that bites "ham radio operators." There are about 20 licensed hams in Appleton and they range from high school youths to men who have been dabbling in radio for 30 years. Walter C. Phibnow, physics teacher at Appleton High school has a group of high school boys interested in radio work headed by Dick Schulze, Greenville, and Don Schlofke, Appleton,  both of whom hold licenses.
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Harrison L. "Harry" Haskins W9FWO/9AZV 1906 - 1975
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George H. Buntin Sr. 1923 - 2016
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This was a special event station that ran, June 30 and July 1st, 1990, at the National Railroad Museum in Ashwaubenon. Amateurs transmitted from the cab of the Pacific Big Boy.  The largest steam engine made.
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Louis H. Pansier 1925-1971
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William "Bill" F. Terp W9FGH 1906-05/1/1972 William F. Terp, 65, 1616 Jay Lane, died Monday May 1st at a local hospital.  Born Sept. 17, 1906 in Green Bay to Peter and Lydia Terp, he married the former Venita Bechendorf on Sept. 6, 194 in Green Bay.  Mr. Terp was a partner in Terp Bros. Lincoln-Mercury Garage from 1959 to 1963, and then became a salesman for Packer City Plymouth until 1969.  Since that time he had been a representative for the Greer Technical Institute.  Mr. Terp...
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Named Director - Mrs. Lillian Cruz-Urbie, who operates amateur radio station W9MMO in Green Bay, is the first woman to be appointed director of the Wisconsin division.
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A new 147.120 antenna (still one for receive one for transmit) with three pieces of 7/8" 50 ohm feedline donated by Duke Wright thanks to Steve N9FOY.   RX at 900 feet with preamp.  TX at 700 feet.  Pat, KA9VRK in the front and the St. Paul crew in back.
Two Appleton ham radio operators, one of them a student at Carleton college, spoke with the latter's college president Saturday morning.  Not an unusual situation - except Dr. Laurence Gould, Carleton president, is in Antarctica. Ed Douglass, seated, a Carleton sophomore, speaks, while Bart Pollard, an Appleton High school senior looks on.
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George E. Klak W9EFL 1899-12/21/1970 Teacher at East High George E. Klak 71, of 1612 Fairlawn Ave died Monday Dec 21, 1970 in a San Jose hospital after a long illness.  A native of Wisconsin, Klak server in the Navy during World Wars I and II and as a reserve officer during the Korean War.  He retired from the Navy in 1958 after 24 years service with the rank of commander. Klak came to California 14 years ago and moved to Santa Clara County in 1959.  Prior to moving to California he was a...
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Shawano Man Contacts Shuttle With Ham Radio When Al Hovey heard a voice from the heavens Saturday night, he couldn't believe it. For two days Hovey had been trying diligently to make contact with Challenger. He had turned his ham radio antennas on his home just right.
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Get That Message Through Members of the VHF Radio Club keep in touch with other amateur radio units in a simulated emergency test, carried out across the nation recently.  Mike Pickett is at the mike.  Others shown at the portable set-up at Lost Dauphin park are Harry Staszak, left, Carlton Schaff, and Lillian Cruz-Urbie. "Come In, Washington" Amateur radio hams associated with the Mike & Key Club set up their portable equipment at the Brown County Fairgrounds at De Pere for...
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Ken Meyer 1945 - 2014
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Al Ives 1907 - 1970
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Hamateur - West High School Row 1: Duane Aimers, Janice Newbury, Jean Maki, Carol Kurianowicz, Mr. Johnston Row 2: Janner Morgan, James Seiler, Jeffrey Martin, David Meverden (William Johnston (W9NZL) a mathematics teacher was the club advisor.)
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Mark Heleniak dashes out his signal as Brown County amateur radio operators tested emergency equipment and procedures during their annual field day exercises.
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Green Bay Mike & Key Club field day at the fairgrounds
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David E. Roberts Jr. 1923 - 2018
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Local amateur radio operators participated in a North American emergency preparedness event at the Brown County Fairgrounds.
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Marinette And Menominee Amateur Radio Club recognized for 50 years
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Harry W. Williams 1901 - 1984
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Albinus "Al" G. Bodoh 1914 - 1982
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